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Butch Ross

Coaching ∙ Hopewell

 

 

 

 

Butch Ross devoted his life to the development of his players not only as athletes but as members of the community. That is in evidence by the fact that two of his products, Dan Rains and Tony Dorsett, shared the honor of being 1984 Inductees into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame with him. Butch had many outstanding teams that he can cherish. The 1971 and 1972 Hopewell Vikings, led by Dorsett and Rains, ranks among the greatest of all time in Beaver County. A 1953 graduate of Aliquippa, where he played football, Butch went to California State (PA) before transferring to Geneva College, where he starred on the gridiron. He began his coaching and teaching career at Hopewell in 1961 and in 1969 was named head coach of the Vikings, where he stayed for nine years. In 1987, he joined the Center High School staff as an assistant for six years, and then went back to Geneva College for a four year stint and lured many of the local products to play for the Golden Tornados. In 1990, Butch returned to the Hopewell sidelines as an assistant, where he continued to touch the lives of young people. During his career, Butch coached eight All WPIAL players, six All State, and two All Americans. More importantly, he helped players from all over the valley obtain college scholarships.